She introduced "rate capping" which took over the spending of money from city councils.
She wanted to reduce the use of local governments.
In 1989 she created a community poll tax.
Margaret Thatcher became the prime minister of England on May 4, 1979.
She ruled from 1950-1979.
She was the 1 st female prime minister of Britain.
Margaret Thatcher became the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since Lord Liverpool (1812-1827).
She started out her “economic policy” by increasing interest rates to slow the growth of the money supply and then lower inflation.
During this time Thatcher spoke her famous quote, "Crime is crime is crime; it is not political“, when she was against giving political status back to republican prisoners.
She had committed to reducing the power of the trade unions.
She started out her “economic policy” by increasing interest rates to slow the growth of the money supply and then lower inflation .
In 1984 she visited China and signed the Sino-British joint Declaration on December 19. This committed the People’s Republic of China to award Hong Kong the status of a “Special Administrative Region”.
In the Cold War, she supported United States President’s, Ronald Reagan, policies of prevention against the Russians.
She was the first Western leader to respond warmly to the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. She said she liked him, and described him as "a man we can do business with“.
In 1986, her government got rid of the Greater London Council.
She lead her party to victory in 1987.
At the 1987 Conservative party conference, she issued the statement that stated: "Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an absolute right to be gay".
She became concerned publicly about environmental issues in 1988, which lead to a major speech about the problems of global warming, ozone depletion and acid rain.
Her new system to replace local government taxes, was introduced in Scotland in 1989 and in England and Wales in 1990.
Problems emerged when tax rates predicted by local councils were higher than predicted.
In October 1990, Thatcher ordered her new Chancellor of the Exchequer John Major to reduce interest rates by 1%.
One of her acts in her last half year in office was to put pressure on US President, George H. W. Bush to set up troops to the Middle East to drive Saddam Hussein’s army out of Kuwait.
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were known as the “political soul mates”.
Reagan and Thatcher worked together during the Falkland War.
By wanting her country to “assert a higher level of influence and leadership in international affairs, she became close allies with Ronald Reagan.
He was a witness of Margaret Thatcher's “assassination”.
He was personally liked by Margaret Thatcher, a leader that he had great admiration and an occasional passion for, she never entrusted him with high office and he left Parliament in 1992 following her fall from power.
They are both are in the conservative party together.
On 30 September 2007, at the Conservative Party Conference, he referred to Margaret Thatcher as "the Greatest Prime Minister".
The Falkland War
In1982 she sent troops over to the Falklands Islands to try and retake it back from Argentina.
The war ended on June 14, 1982 only 74 days after the British invaded.
255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers, sailors, and airmen, and three Falkland people were killed.
The Falkland war
The winning of the war caused a boost in the governments popularity.
The real invasion was considered by Argentina as the re-occupation of its own territory
Britain’s invasion was of a British overseas territory.
The Falkland war
By winning the war it also sent a “wave” of political enthusiasm and support for the government.
The political effects were strong in both Britain and Argentina.
After the war the political and cultural weight had effect Argentina way more than it had effected Britain.
Fall of Power
She had served three consecutive terms and which led to conflict with her ministers and created division within the Conservative Party and the public that damaged her political support.
Another controversy was her failure to support the Conservative Party’s accepted policy of committing the UK to greater economic and financial arrangement with Europe attracted severe disagreement.
She agreed to resign and succeeded as party leader and prime minister by her successor, John Major .
She resigned as Prime Minister on November 22, 1990.